I’m starting my career at sea. I’ll be 33 in October, and am wondering what this will mean for my potential for advancement down the line. How long does it take to become a captain? And at the age I’ll be then, will I get the job, or wind up being passed over by younger people? Currently I’m wanting to sail all seven seas and get to all the world I can. Down the line I’m sure I’d like to settle down eventually.
Secondly, what skills are in demand? My background is computers, networking, low voltage electronics, (BS Computer Science) and I’ve always been the kind of guy to work on my own truck and help friends with theirs, and do as much around the house as I could. Oh and I can cook alright too So do I get certs in engineering department or satellite and communications, and that will take me to the top, or will that prevent me from going up the deck track?
btw so far i have my STCW95 BST, TWIC, MMD. Which certs should I work on first/next, in your exalted opinion?
thanks and fair sailing and all that